APD Salutes its Volunteer of the Year: Ms. Helen Pembricks


Ms. Helen Pembricks of Lebanon, New Hampshire was recognized as the APD Volunteer of the Year during a volunteer recognition celebration held at the Montshire Museum of Science last week.

“Volunteers really are the lifeblood of APD,” said Peggy Cooper, who serves as the Community Relations and Volunteer Coordinator at APD. “Helen is extremely passionate about her role and is always ready to offer extra help and assistance. She has such a positive attitude and consistently makes our patients and visitors the top priority. I am very proud of her and we are so lucky that she chose to volunteer at APD,” she added.

“I cherish the volunteer work I do here at APD,” Helen Pembricks said, “Every day, I feel like I’ve helped someone in our community of patients and visitors. I feel lucky to have a local community hospital that puts patients first and contributing to that mission is something I enjoy greatly.”

Helen is shown right accepting a Simon Pearce glass apple from Peggy in recognition of her service.

APD has over 50 volunteers ranging in age from 18 to 85 years old. APD Volunteers have many roles, including serving as a resource for patients at the information desk, recreation, and recovery room assistance.

Two new roles enable APD volunteers to connect directly with our mission of patient-focused health care: the ElderFriend program, where volunteers visit with our homebound patients as part of the Senior Care Team; and Patient Support program, which allows volunteers to assist the nursing staff and patients on the Donald Faulker Dickey Medical Surgical Wing.

To learn more about volunteering with APD, please contact Peggy Cooper at (603) 448-7456 or by email at